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Entropy 2010, 12(3), 613-630; doi:10.3390/e12030613

The Maximum Entropy Production Principle: Its Theoretical Foundations and Applications to the Earth System

Max-Planck-Institut für Biogeochemie, Hans-Knöll-Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany
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Received: 24 December 2009 / Revised: 11 March 2010 / Accepted: 19 March 2010 / Published: 22 March 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue What Is Maximum Entropy Production and How Should We Apply It?)
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Abstract

The Maximum Entropy Production (MEP) principle has been remarkably successful in producing accurate predictions for non-equilibrium states. We argue that this is because the MEP principle is an effective inference procedure that produces the best predictions from the available information. Since all Earth system processes are subject to the conservation of energy, mass and momentum, we argue that in practical terms the MEP principle should be applied to Earth system processes in terms of the already established framework of non-equilibrium thermodynamics, with the assumption of local thermodynamic equilibrium at the appropriate scales.
Keywords: thermodynamics; entropy production; non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; Bayesian inference; Earth System Modelling thermodynamics; entropy production; non-equilibrium statistical mechanics; Bayesian inference; Earth System Modelling
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Dyke, J.; Kleidon, A. The Maximum Entropy Production Principle: Its Theoretical Foundations and Applications to the Earth System. Entropy 2010, 12, 613-630.

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